Book Review: Untamed

Loving yourself and putting yourself ahead of others never felt so good!

I’ll start the review by saying it loud- Glennon Doyle weaves magic and we badly need it! I can’t remember the last time I was this ecstatic to absorb everything a book has to offer. I guess Untamed did the charm.

I’m a big fan of Reese Witherspoon’s book club and I pay close attention to all that she recommends. So when I saw she picked Untamed by Glennon Doyle, my initial reaction was, “who is Glennon Doyle?” I looked up on Instagram to realise what a hugely popular writer she is, and it’s just not Witherspoon but also Oprah Winfrey who gets enamoured by her. Once I got my copy, I wasn’t sure what to expect. But I have to say, I absolutely loved it.

Untamed is a highly engaging craft about shunning the irrelevant and embracing the voice inside of us. To embark on a journey that leads towards becoming the best and truest version of ourselves. 

Glennon Doyle is the author of Love Warrior and Carry On, Warrior. She is known as a Christian mommy blogger who focuses on self-discovery, parenting and faith. But since her second book got published, Glennon divorced her husband and married soccer star Abby Wambach. In doing so, she finally embraced her true self, something she’s been forcefully hiding over the past few decades.

Glennon goes down the memory lane- to the years of battling bulimia, addiction, infidelity, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem. For most of her life, she only learned how to put the facade on, replacing her truest emotions behind a smile, and the ache of worry that she pushed deep down inside of her. 

Her words act as a soothing balm when she explains to her eight-year-old daughter Tish, “every time you’re given a choice between disappointing someone else and disappointing yourself, your duty is to disappoint that someone else. Your job, throughout your entire life, is to disappoint as many people as it takes to avoid disappointing yourself.” 

From the first page to the last one, Doyle’s wonderful memoir keeps you on your toes. With every passing chapter, she’s got a new lesson, a new realisation, a new “Oh yeah” moment for you! It is a book that forces you to introspect the important aspects of your life and boy, you so need to do that!

Of course, life is messy, but it is also powerful, empowering, honest and unapologetically beautiful. 

Am I an EFFIN Cheetah? I AM. 

Title: Untamed

Author: Glennon Doyle

Publisher: Penguin Random House

Pages: 352

MRP: 35$